FTA urges manufacturers to keep vans at 70mph
18 June 2012
Manufactures need to supply vans with 70 mph speed limiters, according to the Freight Transport Association's (FTA) Van Excellence Governance Group.
The organisation wants the device to be available at a no-cost option, which will allow van drivers to benefit from more fuel efficient technology at a time when the cost of petrol is set to increase adding more for the average motorist.
Ministers are currently planning to raise the speed limit on the UK's motorways to 80 mph but the FTA believes that manufacturers should be playing a key role into limiting the speed in which a van can travel.
The move will also help to reduce the amount of money spent on repair and maintenance costs as well as cutting down on driver stress levels, according to the FTA.
Gary Whittam, Chairman says: "We find it impossible to justify why any conscientious van operator would allow its vans to operate above the national speed limit. Simply put, a van travelling at 80 mph will be using significantly more fuel than one at 70."
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